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GOTTA SEE IT: Islanders Score Frenzy of Filthy Goals Against Canucks



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The New York Islanders lit the lamp six times on Tuesday night in their eventual 6-2 beat down of the Vancouver Canucks. Five of the six goals the Islanders deposited behind netminder Spencer Martin were phenomenal goals, and you will see a theme on the shot placement throughout this mini highlight reel.

Here are the goal breakdowns:

Aatu Räty’s Patience

New York Islanders Aatu Räty lit the lamp in his NHL debut on Dec. 23 against the Florida Panthers. Over the next three games, Räty found his lanes, but it wasn’t until his fifth-career game did he light the lamp again.

He tied the contest in the first period after a sneaky, slick move to fool Canucks netminder Spencer Martin following back door pass by Ross Johnston.

Now, who says Räty can’t develop alongside two fourth-liners?

Mathew Barzal Walks In

New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal had a night with a goal and two assists. With under four minutes to play in the second period, hard forechecking led to a turnover right to Barzal, who walked in and just ripped the shot high glove side.

“Maybe I am looking to shoot a little more. It doesn’t feel like that mentally, but maybe I am pulling the trigger a little quicker than in the past,” Barzal said. “I actually turned down a pretty good look today from Casey [Cizikas] that he gave me, so I knew If I got another look, I was going to shoot.”

With that goal, Barzal has goals in four straight for the first time in his NHL career and now has 10 on the season.

Anders Lee’s Spin-O-Rama

Once the New York Islanders got on the forecheck, the game changed. Less than a minute into the third period, Brock Nelson stole the puck deep in the Canucks zone before feeding Anders Lee down low.

Instead of Lee cutting to the net immediately, the Islanders captain skated back towards the low slot before quickly spinning and sniping Martin glove side for his 14th goal of the season and a 4-2 lead.

It was, indeed, a perfect shot.

Cizikas’s Restocks Toy Department

New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas has been playing with Barzal often as of late, which means Cizikas needs to be ready when the puck gets to him in the offensive zone.

After Parker Wotherspoon took a hit to make a play deep in the Islanders’ zone, Barzal possessed the puck up the ice before throwing it to Cizikas on the left once he crossed into the offensive zone.

With time and space, Cizikas came down the left side and rifled one high glove side on Martin.

That’s some finish for your third goal of the season.

“That was one hell of a pass,” Cizikas said postgame. “I was just happy I was able to bury it for him.”

Islanders commentator Butch Goring on the goal: “The toy department was empty from Christmas, but it’s getting filled up tonight Alan.”


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